I had the priviledge of loaning chaboo and sensu to my friend Jiro Yonezawa for his exhibit at the Portland Japanese Garden. The beautiful setting was a perfect match for his art. The venue was stunning to say the least. I talked to the art director there and she was very receptive to the idea of doing a group show there for furniture in 2010.
Sensu was used to display a few of his smaller pieces and also to serve as a reception table.
Chaboo was used to display one of his basket sculptures.
Jiro is a master sculptor, formally trained in Japan to work with bamboo weaving. His work is amazing in its craftsmanship, form and attention to detail. He has developed signature techniques as he has refined his craft over the years. He is world renowned and his work is included in the Lloyd Cotsen collection of bamboo baskets considered to be the greatest collection in the world today.
The show at the Japanese Garden continues througout the month of November. You should go have a look. The gardens are beautiful as well with the last of fall foliage clinging on.